Trading Places

Trading Places

John Landis (1983)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This blatant, unacknowledged reworking of The Prince and the Pauper is a rattling comedy showcase for the unique talents of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, who have seldom recaptured the form they show here. However, there's no question that the acting honours go to veterans Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy, as the mischievous business bigwigs whose wager brings about the respective rise and fall of a lowlife conman (Murphy) and a pompous broker (Aykroyd). Jamie Lee Curtis also makes quite an impression as a kind-hearted hooker and proved that there was more to her than screaming and running away from slash-happy psychopaths. Director John Landis tends to pull his satirical punches against yuppiedom, and it's a shame that he settles for a brash slapstick finale after so many fresh, immaculately timed comic situations, but this remains very entertaining.


Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth, as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

Cast & Crew

Billy Ray Valentine Eddie Murphy
Louis Winthorpe III Dan Aykroyd
Ophelia Jamie Lee Curtis
Randolph Duke Ralph Bellamy
Mortimer Duke Don Ameche
Coleman Denholm Elliott
Beeks Paul Gleason
Pawnbroker Bo Diddley
King Kong James Belushi
Penelope Kristin Holby
Whittington Alfred Drake
Policeman Frank Oz
Heritage club doorman P Jay Sidney
Ezra Avon Long
Officer Pantuzzi Tom Mardirosian
Officer Reynolds Charles Brown
Todd Robert Curtis-Brown
Harry Nicholas Guest
Andrew John Bedford-Lloyd
Director John Landis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD